Use this checklist to ensure your employees are protected from eye injures
More than 2 000 people injure their eyes at work each day. This leads to absenteeism and permanent loss of vision. To work effectively and comply with health and safety standards, use this checklist to see if the measures you've put in place are sufficient to protect your employees from eye injuries.
The most common injuries in the workplace involve the eye.
If you don't take steps to prevent these injuries, it's not only productivity that'll be affected. You'll be held liable for any costs and be penalised for being in breach of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
That's a risk you can't afford to take.
Here's how you can check if you've you adequately protected your employees from eye injuries
The Health&Safety Advisor recommends you use this 19 point checklist to ensure you're taking all correct measures to prevent eye strain and injury in your workplace.
Have you evaluated safety hazards?
Ask yourself if:
- #1: You've inspected all work areas and identified thepotential eye hazards?
- #2: You've identified potential hazards which workers, machinery, and falling debris could cause?
- #3: You've assessed your employees for poor vision and provided routine vision testing with physical examinations?
Have you created a safe working environment?
- #4: You've minimised hazards such as preventing falling debris with netting, or machine guarding.
- #5: You've minimised unauthorised access to hazardous areas.
- #6: You've provided sufficient training so that your employees know how to use the tools and machinery correctly.
Are your employees wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE)?
- #7: You've selected the appropriate eye protection forthe specific hazard.
- #8: You've ensured your employees keep the PPE in good condition.
- #9: You've ensured the eye or face protection is comfortable and that it fits correctly to ensure maximum safety and compliance.
- #10: Your protective eyewear meets the current standards
Do you follow good work practices?
- #11: Your managers and supervisors set example by using PPE correctly.
- #12: You and your employees clean your eye-wear regularly.
- #13: No one rubs his eyes with dirty hands or clothing.
- #14: Before removing eye-wear your employees always brush, dust or vacuum dust and debris from hair, face or hardhats.
- #15: You've had the eye-wear fitted by an eye care professional.
- #16: Each worker has his own eyewear and takes responsibility for its safe-keeping.
Do you know and practice the correct first aid?
- #17: Make sure you're always prepared to deal with eye injuries.
- #18: Make sure you've set up a first aid procedure for eye injuries.
- #19: Make sure you have an eye wash station where there is an eyewash bottle which you fill and check regularly.
Using this checklist will help ensure your workers are protected from eye injuries in your workplace.